Last name: Tate

Recorded as Tate and Tait, this is an Anglo-Scottish surname. It is however probably of Norse-Viking origin, deriving from the pre 7th century Old Norse word "teitr", meaning glad or cheerful. In its home country it is recorded as the personal name "Teitr", and appears in the Icelandic saga called "Landnamabok". As Tait the name was first recorded in Scotland in 1329 when a debt due by the king was paid to Thomas Tayt, although. Nicholas Tate is recorded even earlier in the Hundred Rolls of Cambridgeshire, England, in the Hundred Rolls of landowners, in the year 1279. It would seem that according to ancient surviving rolls of Scotland that between the years 1362 and 1370 there are a number of entries of payment of pension to one John Tayt, a clerk who was connected with the hospital of Montrose. In England the Anglo-Saxon personal name "Tata" is contained in a number of placenames, among them Tatenhill, Tatsfield, and Tattershill, the latter being recorded as Tateshall in the Domesday Book of 1086. The modern surname is found most frequently in the northern counties of Yorkshire and Northumberland, although Sir Robert Tate and his brother Sir John Tate were both Lord Mayor of the city of London in 1488 and 1496 respectively, and were granted a "Arms". Another interesting namebearer was Sir Henry Tate (1819 - 1899), of the famous sugar firm Tate & Lyle. He was granted a patent in 1872 for an invention for cutting up sugar-loaves. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Uluric Tates. This was dated 1095, in the Feudal Documents of the abbey of Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, during the reign of King William 11nd of England, 1087 - 1100. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was sometimes known as the Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop", often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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My grandmother name is lee ester Tate and her father name was Henry Tate his father was white I believe but my grandmother now 79 is from mound bayou missippi anyone kno of them.

Kim-Baby Tate
Mu granpaprents on my fathers side were John Tate aka Jack Tate and Beatrice Eluned Tate aka Lyn Tate. All from wales.

david tate
tate is a yiddish word = father yiddish=jewish have a good day david

jonetta Tate
Grandfather John Tate father Raymond Tate

My Grandfather also is, John Tate.

Hydie Morgan
My maiden last name is Tate and my Father name is Robert Tate, grandfather name is Henry Tate. I wonder do their names have any connection?

Do you have a brother named Cedric Tate. Robert Tate is my grandfather's name on my father's (Cedric Tate) side.

My natural father is. Tait.

Searching for the origin of the name TAIT

david tate
the origin of tait is yiddish The language originated in the Ashkenazi culture that developed from about the 10th century however tait=father was probability in use 100s of years before becuse the need to say father fyi yiddish tait, tatti, tate. all mean the same check different Yiddish Dictionarys hears one have a good day david

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The Tate Art Galleries were named after Sir Henry Tate (of Tate & Lyle fame). I believe he financed the setting up of them.

Hi, I'm a Tate from Florida , family says where italian. Idk

I'm also a Tate from Florida. Family on my father's side has an Italian heritage. Cousins perhaps?

S. Tate
Not unless they had their name changed on Ellis Island. The origin of Tate is Anglo-Scottish with possibility of them coming from the Vikings.

I'm a direct descendent from a Tate who arrived in America from Ireland in the early 1700's. Had my DNA tested through and turns out I am over 70% Scandinavian. Many Europeans DNA can be traced back to the Vikings due to the massive invasions of Europe in the late 790's AD. Their control of Scotland lasted almost 500 yrs. Even though the Vikings traded goods with the Romans, I haven't read any information of an actual invasion of Italy.


My mother is Tait and in the village I come from, Mezzolombardo in northern Italy, Tait is the most common surname. The surname is restricted only to this town and you can't find others in the surrounding areas. The Tait surname is recorded since the XVII century here and they came from Scotland probably because of the religious wars and persecutions in that period. There is still a "legend" which says that in their journey they stopped here because it was a place that resembled their scottish fatherland


Greetings Federico, My mother is also a Tait....her grandparents came to the USA prior to 1900....likely in the 1880's but certainly no later than 1890's. Grandmothers maiden name was Rossi. Both my great grandfather Tait and Rossi were from Mezzolombardo. They returned home from USA and many of their children seem to have been born in Mezzolombardo (i have found birth records online) - a surprise to me as we were led to believe they were born in USA. It's been hard to tease out history back to Italy as there are so many Taits in Mezzolombardo. If you reply perhaps we can make contact and share information. My great grandparents had many children, more grandchildren and now many great grandchildren. Thank you for the info you shared.